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Standing on top of a pillar all day left St Daniel with foul-smelling feet

St Daniel the Stylite (December 11) was told that monastic discipline would be beyond him

Daily readings: December 11 – 17

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Mary proclaimed the Magnificat during the Visitation, painted here by Pontormo (1494-1557)

Follow Mary through the financial crisis

Third Sunday of Advent: Is 61:1-2 & 10-11; 1 Thes 5:16-24; Jn 1:6-8 & 19-28

Ryan Bomberger: ‘We can measure the change from the thousands of emails we get from people explaining how they have shifted their position on abortion’

Rory Fitzgerald talks to Ryan Bomberger, the Emmy Award-winning designer highlighting the impact of abortion on black Americans

Rolf-Dieter Heuer invites Pope to visit CERN facility in Switzerland

Italian priest says Benedict XVI asked him: “How can I leave?”

Print edition 09.12.11

Print edition 09.12.11

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In St Peter's Square an Italian banner says: 'Mary the Immaculate will triumph' (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI told crowds in Rome that the Church will always end up victorious against persecution

The London riots: the sign of a broken society?

Church as state

Mark Steyn argues that big government has become a form of religious belief, says Ed West

The shrine at Banneux, Belgium

Mariette Beco had the visions in 1933 in the small town of Banneux in Belgium